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Our journey

For over a decade Optionis has provided high-end business outsourcing solutions for companies of all sizes and individuals. Today our vision is as simple as it is compelling: become a global workforce management business that delivers change in the world of work.

2000 Former contractor Rob Crossland launches Parasol. The business rapidly acquires a healthy number of employees by forming partnerships with recruitment agencies.

2006 Rob leads an MBO backed by the private equity firm Inflexion. Newly invigorated, Optionis is soon enjoying an average annual turnover growth of 20%.

2008 Optionis acquires ClearSky Accounting (previously known as Quay Accounting) as part of its ambition to diversify its range of offerings.

2012 The management team announces the launch of Optionis, the new parent brand for the group. The change was to support the strategy of the Group to grow and become a workforce management and SME support business.

2013 Optionis acquires 2 new accountancy firms, Manchester-based Michael Brookes & Co, and Dorset-based Lofts & Co as part of the strategy to establish the ClearSky brand as a ‘one-stop shop’ for support services for small firms.

2014 Optionis secures a secondary buyout (SBO) investment deal backed by MML Capital Partners which provides an exit for private equity firm Inflexion. The deal enables the Optionis management team to increase its stake in the business to 50% as they look to deliver sustainable growth for each of the group’s brands.

2017 Optionis merges with the Arkarius Group, including SJD Accountancy and Nixon Williams, the UK’s largest group providing accounting services to the flexible workforce. The combined group, which has c.40,000 clients, will address all channels to market and enable a more diversified service offering across its national network of offices. The businesses continue to operate under their respective brands within the Optionis Group structure.

Optionis currently boasts a turnover in excess of £300m and employs over 700 head office employees at its locations throughout the UK. To date we’ve looked after the needs of some 100,000 contractors, 10,000 SME’s and forged partnerships with over 4,000 recruitment agencies.

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